Our Team


  • Matt francis

    Lead pastor

    Pastor Matt Francis serves as our Lead Pastor. He and his wife Rebecca, have 3 kids - Natalee, Isaac and Abigail. He and Rebecca both grew up here in Plant City.  


    A number of years ago Matt served as Youth Pastor here at FLC before moving to Kansas where he served as an Associate/Youth Pastor. From there he moved to Cape Coral, FL where he served as Family Ministries Pastor at Venture Church. In 2016 God called him back to FLC as Lead Pastor.  


    Pastor Matt graduated from Southeastern University with a degree in Pastoral Ministries and a Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership. He has a heart to serve the community with the love of Christ in real and practical ways. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, beach getaways, movies and sports. 

  • JON ELLSWORTH

    WORSHIP PASTOR

    Pastor Jon Ellsworth serves as our Worship Pastor. He and his wife Hope, have 4 kids - Alexis, Jay, Abigail and Josiah. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Jon began in church ministry at an early age playing piano and singing in his youth worship team. He comes from a musical family, with his dad and two brothers also serving in church ministry.  


    For the past 25 years, he and Hope have served in churches in Maryland, Kansas City, Indiana and SW Florida. Before joining the FLC team in 2017, Jon served in Cape Coral, FL at Venture Church.  


    Jon loves worshipping Jesus, and has a passion for leading people into a deeper understanding of worship. Serving in ministry is something his whole family participates in. They have a huge heart for the Church.

  • Channon Bailey

    CHILDREN'S PASTOR

    Pastor Channon Bailey serves as our Children's Pastor. He and his wife Nicole have 4 kids - Ollie, Rosie, Freddie, and Louie.


    Channon grew up in Alabama and then moved to Florida for college, met Nicole, and married in 2010.


    For the past 14 years, Channon (and his wife) have served in different capacities with children's ministries. Channon has also worked in marriage, men, and addiction ministries since 2015.


    Channon is highly passionate about the family unit and coming alongside families to help them succeed in raising the next generation for Jesus. For fun, Channon is usually writing songs, reading, or coming up with his next entrepreneurial endeavor.



  • Shannon Salyers

    OUTREACH/MISSIONS PASTOR

    Shannon serves as our Outreach & Missions Pastor. She is a graduate of Southeastern University. Shannon also earned her MA in counseling and educational leadership at USF. 


    Shannon grew up in NC where she felt called to attend Southeastern. It was there that God called her into ministry while she earned her BA in education. 


    Shannon has been ministering to children in both education and the church for the last 27 years. Prior to serving in her current role here at FLC, she served as our Children's Pastor for 18 months.


    Shannon has a beautiful daughter named Veronica.

  • Rebecca francis

    Connections DIRECtor

    Rebecca serves as our Connections Director. She and Pastor Matt both grew up here in Plant City and have three children.


    As our Connections Director, she oversees many of our Serve Teams as well as heading up Women's Ministries. Rebecca is very involved in all ministries here at FLC.


    Rebecca is a Registered Nurse and is currently attending school in a Masters program. She has a heart for people, for connecting people with each other and for seeing us all grow in God together!

  • HOPE ELLSWORTH

    WOMEN'S MINISTRIES


  • MARIAH MESSICK

    PRE-SCHOOL MINISTRIES


  • CHRISTINE THRASHER

    GUEST SERVICES


  • JOEY ALLEN

    SAFETY & SECURITY